DRAIN — Voters overwhelmingly favored a bid by North Douglas Fire & EMS to extend for another five years the levy they approved in 2008.
Election results late Tuesday showed the levy passing 65 percent to 35 percent. Voters cast 1,361 votes for the measure and 727 against. It will cost property owners 99 cents per $1,000 assessed valuation, which amounts to $148.50 on a $150,000 home. A levy with the same tax rate received 60 percent approval in May 2008.
North Douglas Fire Chief Ike Shannon said Tuesday evening he was pleased to hear the levy passed. It will help the district, which provides fire protection and emergency medical services to the Drain, Yoncalla, Curtin and Rice Hill areas, replace aging equipment, he said.
“I’m very happy that the voters are going to stand behind the volunteers in the district and give them new equipment to work with,” Shannon said.
The funds will help the district replace firetrucks, including one that is almost 40 years old, he said. The district also plans to replace a water tender, a brush truck, an ambulance, a pickup and other district vehicles.
The fire district has a permanent tax rate of $1.21. With the levy passing, the district’s total tax rate will be $2.20 per $1,000 assessed valuation. The district has three full-time employees, three part-time employees and about 40 volunteers.
The district estimates the renewed levy will bring the department $1.42 million between July 1, 2013, and June 20, 2018.
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